A SIMPLE ANSWER
When I come home after a long, sometimes challenging day, and I see those big blue eyes while stretching one leg and then stretching the other, with the ears straight up in the air so excited to see me, then I immediately know the answer to the question everyone ask themselves, "Why, in our over complicated and hectic lives do we take on the extra burden of fitting our four legged friends into our lives?" The time commitment, extra dollars spent, and the responsibility of making sure their needs are met is not always an easy task. So why do we do it? It's simple. They makes us happy. It makes us happy because we are making them happy. When I sit and watch my dog Tanner run around the house with his dog bed on top of him or watching him play with his toys, it brings such joy to me just to laugh at him. It also provides such joy to know that he feels so loved. We can learn so much from our pets because the majority of the time they emulate who we are as people. The energy we put out and how we treat others is more than likely how our pets will act, because they take on our energy.
I have such gratitude for the joy Tanner has brought into my life. He has simply provided me pure and unconditional love. He wants me to know I matter. It is instinctive that he wants me to feel important and he knows my every emotion. But is it possible that the animals have been placed in our lives to teach us so many lessons that many times we forget as humans. I have seen many videos on the friendship between two totally different species of animals that tend and care for one another and are simply great companions. And they are almost all the time two most unlikely types of animals that it would seem impossible for their natural instincts to not take over and harm the other. Like a lion and a duck for example. What about these two different animals would make them over look the natural form of life and decide to show love? We have many profound parts of our lives that we tend to get caught up in everyday living and overlook the gifts that have been given to us that make us the human beings we are because they do add to our lives and who we are as people. So why is it many times as a humanity we simply can not get along like animals do? What is it that does not allow us to see beyond the small idiocracies of another? Well, that is why we still have the animals here to teach us because we haven't quite figured it out as of yet. I definitely am grateful everyday for the gift of laughter, kindness, love and the genuineness my dog brings to my life. He teaches me to not take it all so seriously. So the simple answer is, we do what we do for our pets because they are a part of our lives and we learn from them. Do not take them for granted. You may find one day the value they bring and continue to bring to your life has not just happened. They have a tremendous purpose to your future and to mine. Until next time, "Make it a Good Life!"